How to Use a Hamilton Beach Ice Cream Maker

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Frozen desserts are a treat for almost any occasion, ranging from birthday celebrations to a hot summer day. Although you can easily buy ice cream, there is something to be said for the freshness and flavor of homemade. Hamilton Beach is among the companies that manufacture ice cream makers that you can use to create your favorite frozen desserts at home.

Things You'll Need

  • Ice cream recipe
  • 8 to 10 lbs. ice
  • 3 cups rock salt
  • Rubber spatula
  • Clean the ice cream maker thoroughly before use, according to the cleaning instructions. (See References.)

  • Find or use a favorite ice cream recipe. The machine also can make other desserts, such as frozen yogurt. (See References.) Prepare the recipe according to the instructions.

  • Empty the prepared ice cream mixture into the canister. Insert the dasher into its place at the center of the canister. Snap the machine's cover into place. If the recipe called for the mixture to be cooked, place the canister in the refrigerator to chill.

  • Place the bucket of the ice cream maker in a location that has good drainage, such as a dry kitchen sink. Put the canister in the bucket so that it is sitting in the center.

  • Place the motor over the canister. Insert the shaft of the dasher into the hole that is in the bottom of the motor. Lock the motor onto the bucket by turning it counterclockwise.

  • Plug in the unit after making sure there is no water in or around the sink; this would cause the unit to churn as the canister and cover begin to move. Leave the unit to churn for about 1 to 2 hours.

  • Add 1 to 2 inches of ice to the bucket so that it is surrounding the canister. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of rock salt over the ice. Continue adding more layers of ice and salt until you have completely covered the canister.

  • Allow the ice cream to continue churning undisturbed for another 20 to 40 minutes. The motor will come to a near stop or it will stop entirely, indicating that the ice cream is done. Unplug the machine.

  • Turn the motor clockwise to remove it. Scoop out or drain any remaining ice, water or salt that is over the cover of the canister. Lift the dasher from the canister to gain access to the finished ice cream. Use a spatula to scrape ice cream off the dasher.

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